As a resident from Wyoming, admission to medical school is difficult due to lack of a instate medical program. As such, obtaining acceptance into medical school can be challenging. Often out of state institutions are reluctant to accept non resident students due to the perceived idea that if accepted the non resident student will return to his/hers home state and deplete the pool of new physicians within that particular area. Additionally, the WWAMI program through the University of Washington, accepts a set number of Wyoming residents applying to medical school which can result in qualified applicants not being selected for acceptance. This is where the value of the WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program (PSEP) shines through the most. By providing students with additional options for acceptance into medical school, as well as other professional programs, the PSEP creates greater opportunity to not only increase the number of future professionals but also enrich their learning experiences by proving students a chance to visit new areas of the country. As a product of the PSEP and The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences I have be presented with both an extremely strong medical education as well as a rich cultural and personal experience. I will be graduating from UND this coming May and plan to enter a residency in Orthopedic Surgery. I feel the value of this program to be immeasurable and I would advocate that the state legislature of Wyoming continue to support and fund the WICHE PSEP. For without it, I might not have become the future physician I am today. Jared M.
Doctor of Medicine
Class of 2011
Where you are studying/did you study? (name of institution):
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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